After being known throughout the Rock Rapids area as the voice of “The Cube” for Central Lyon athletics, Carson Schubert has decided to try out his print journalism skills as a part-time sports writer for New Century Press, parent company of theLyon County Reporter, West Lyon HeraldandSioux County Index-Reporter.
“I’ve always had a passion for sports, for one thing, and writing is part of that,” Schubert said. “I really think this could help my career in the future, whether it’s somewhere big like the New York Times or something else. Any experience I get here or anywhere else is really going to help my career down the road.”
The Central Lyon graduate is also still hitting the books, getting his general education requirements completed at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon before going to journalism school at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion this fall. Schubert hopes the University of South Dakota can bring him the same type of success as other South Dakota alumni.
“I’ve heard good things about their broadcasting, their journalism and that program. Tom Brokaw (television journalist and author) went there, Al Neuharth (founder ofUSA Today) went there and was president of the (journalism) program over there. So they’ve had a lot of good success stories come out of that college and I’m hoping that will continue with me,” Schubert said.
Given the choice, Schubert said he would like to be a broadcaster, but noted he would accept the idea of going into print journalism.
“I’ve always had a passion for talking. That would probably be the first thing on my agenda; to be a broadcaster if I had the choice between the two,” Schubert said. “If the writing part of things came out first, or any kind of journalism, that’s where I would go. It depends on who’s available, who will hire and that kind of thing.”
Schubert admitted his experience in print journalism is limited but said he is always willing to learn, especially the photography side.
“Photography was one of those things I was kind of a little bit nervous about when I first came in, but it has been going pretty smoothly I think,” he said. “It was a little bit of a tough thing to learn the settings and get everything figured out with the camera but I think once you figure that out, you’re ready to take every shot and you’re in position, things go pretty smoothly.”
Schubert had similar thoughts on the writing side.
“I’d say maybe some of the little things (have been challenging), like ‘don’t use that word’ or ‘don’t use that sentence’ or ‘cut down your sentence’ or that sort of thing. You kind of have to get the details figured out. That will come too as I take another comp (composition) class (at NCC),” Schubert said.
Schubert also highlighted the differences between print journalism and broadcast journalism.
“I would say it is different than broadcasting in the fact that it is quite challenging to differentiate what details you want to put in and what details you want to leave out. For broadcasting I put in quite a few details and say just about everything. In (print) media, when you’re trying to get a shorter version of it, it’s harder to pick out which details you want to put in and which details you want to keep out. That’s one of the challenges I’ll enjoy.”
Challenges aside, Schubert said it has been a fun experience for him so far.
“I think it’s interesting to learn the ins and outs of writing. It’s just been fun to see the different stories that you guys (at New Century Press) have written and how I can use that for my own personal writing, and writing for articles,” Schubert said. “I think this experience will help me be a better writer.”